Local Information for Stanwood
Located an hour north of Seattle, Stanwood is a commercial center for nearby Camano Island to the west, and the residents of the river valley east of Interstate 5 and north of the Tulalip Indian Reservation. Though its proximity to Camano Island and Puget Sound establishes it geographically as a gateway to the recreational activities and natural abundance of the Sound and the San Juan Archipelago, for much of its history, Stanwood's economic fortunes were tied to the Stillaquamish River (named for one of the early, indigenous tribes) just west of town. Until the railroad and modern highway system, agricultural products and wood from the lumber mills were floated to market on steamboats that plied the river's waters. Though Stanwood's name is derived from the maiden name of the wife of one of the town's founders - D.O. Pearson in 1877 - one is more apt to today to find evidence of the town's predominantly Scandinavian influence. Names like "Viking Village" and "Off Da" are evidence of the influx of Nordic families in the late 1800s. Stanwood is surrounded by farms, shorelines teeming with wildlife, and breathtaking views of the Olympics and the Cascades.